Freshly baked sourdough bread, delicious pies, heritage apples and outstanding views are the perfect ingredients for a fantastic road trip along the Bells Line of Road.
As you plan for weekend trips and short getaways, here are some wonderful place in Bilpin and Mount Tomah to visit.
Hillbilly Cider Shed
The Hillbilly Cider Shed cellar door was dug by owner Shane from under the house where he and his wife Tessa now produce mountain fermented cider from Julie apples.
The cellar door has a variety of delicious drinks on offer and non-alcoholic options too. The food menu is also a winner, the wood-fire oven produces amazing pizzas including vegan options and scrumptious apple calzone.
High Hopes Roadhouse
The High Hopes Roadhouse recently opened their doors to offer the community a classic range of bistro dishes in a relaxed and home-style environment with an adjoining sweet shop to spread a special abundance of childhood nostalgia.
All the ingredients on the menu is sourced from Roadhouse owner and chef Sean Moran’s farm to ensure their famous dishes, such as their steak and egg combo, are always fresh. The glorious apple saga is continued with a mouth-watering crisp homemade apple pie served with creamy vanilla ice-cream.
Dinner service also kicks off this spring when the Roadhouse will extend their hours. More, information is available here.
Bilpin Saturday Market
The Bilpin Saturday Market is a sensational day out filled with local produce, baked goods, knitted items, artworks, candles and plants to just name a few, with a sneaky food stall to keep your energy levels up for the day.
Pick up some freshly baked sourdough bread, plus extra goodies and coffee at the Grumpy Baker cafe, conveniently located opposite the community hall.
Surrounded by the colourful orchards and freshly brewed coffee, the Bilpin markets have one strict rule: all products are to be locally produced and sourced.
Stalls coordinator Dawne Dunlop said, “The markets have been quite busy. I have been surprised by the thousands of people coming through over the past few months.”
Take in the view
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is a glorious stop to soak up some sunshine and explore the cool climate plants on display. The historic Gondwana Walk will take you on a journey underneath Brown Barrel Eucalypts where you can explore the 60-80-million-year-old natural history of the area.